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TOPIC : Strengthening the human capital of research infrastructures

Topic identifier: INFRASUPP-3-2014
Publication date: 11 December 2013

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
11 December 2013
Deadline: 02 September 2014 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description

Specific challenge: The complexity of research infrastructures and the exploitation of their full potential require adequate skills for their managers, engineers and technicians, as well as users. Research infrastructures are built and operated at the cutting edge of what is technologically feasible, involving a high associated risk that needs to be managed. They may involve a multitude of partners in a consortium that fund and perform their construction and operation, either because they are distributed research infrastructures, or because certain problems are of a scale that can only be tackled by means of European and international cooperation. This renders their governance and the associated financial and legal issues a complex problem. Comparable issues are not usually faced by research institutions that do not operate research infrastructures, or in fields that do not yet have a long tradition of using research infrastructures. The skills and expertise specifically needed to construct, operate and use research infrastructures successfully therefore are not widely available.

EU funding will support the training of staff managing and operating research infrastructures of European interest, the exchange of staff and best practices between facilities, and the adequate supply of human resources in key disciplines, including the emergence of specific education.

While the human capital dimension will be embedded under other lines of activity of the research infrastructures work programme, specific actions will be needed to foster coordination across domains and types of infrastructures.

Scope: The activity will support the training of staff managing and operating research infrastructures. A proposal under this topic should build on the past activities and the experience gained in the projects such as RAMIRI (Realising and Managing International Research Infrastructures). It should engage with universities and prepare curricula and courses specifically for pan-European research infrastructures to address their intercultural and interdisciplinary nature as well as their diversity (global, highly distributed, single site etc.). A significant use of interactive online training material should be considered.

Expected impact:  This activity will improve and professionalise the training of the staff managing and operating research infrastructures of European interest, strengthen the human capital of the involved research infrastructures, stimulating their efficient management and therefore promoting their development and competitiveness at national, European and international level.

Type of action: Coordination and support actions

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

The budget associated with this topic is given in the call conditions section of the Research Infrastructures part of the Work Programme (p. 49).

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3. Evaluation

3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process

3.3 Specific arrangements for the evaluation: none

4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.

Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing applicants they have been successful.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement

7. Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Additional documents

  • INFRASUPP-2014-2_flash_call_info en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 4. Research Infrastructures (including e-Infrastructures) en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en

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